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Howard says there is a “huge possibility” he plays overseas

Jul 18, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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There is a lot of risk in Dwight Howard playing overseas during the lockout — he has two years, $37.5 million on his existing deal that can be wiped out if he gets injured. What’s more, he has said he is going to opt out of that last year, meaning he would be a free agent, getting a max deal (whatever that is in the new labor deal) from wherever he ends up. Get injured and he is not cashing in on that $70 million or more payday.

But none of that stopped Deron Williams, and Howard said it may not stop him either.

In an interview with the Associated Press Howard sounded serious about playing overseas during a lockout.

“I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” he said, “but there’s a huge possibility about me going to China or me going overseas to play basketball.”

“If I decide to go overseas, the main thing is for me to continue to get better, not to do the things that I normally do, but do better at the things I’m not good at,” Howard said. “So I can use that talent to go overseas, working on my skills and staying in great shape.”

I don’t think it makes any sense for Howard (or other name stars to go overseas), the risks are too great. Unless you don’t like money. And it doesn’t really help the Magic, who have enough problems.

But Howard didn’t just say he was open to the idea, he said it was probable. He may be the next big name to sign.

  1. hystoracle - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    How does this help the NBA? All the stars go overseas and play and everyone forgets there was basketball. When they actually start playing again after a year no one will show up. NBA is in big trouble and the players have yet to realize it. It is a bad sign when most of the teams are losing money already.

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